Graduate Students

students installing LAR weather station


Our graduate program is an integrated part of Environmental Engineering within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Graduate courses focus on understanding atmospheric processes and air quality measurements and control. Many of these courses address issues related to global environmental and climate change.

To learn more about our graduate program offered through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, visit the Environmental Engineering web site, and more specifically the graduate program.

Interested students should also review the WSU Graduate School website, including Application information.

Please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Kelly Caraher (, for information about applying to our program. We look forward to receiving your application!!

Career Opportunities in Atmospheric Science

  • Conduct research at national laboratories
  • Measure and monitor air quality
  • Inform public policy
  • Weather forecasting
  • Education/academia

Research Opportunities

Graduate students play a key role in the research activities within LAR. The majority of the graduate students in our department are supported financially by either a Research Assistanceship (RA) that is associated with a specific research program or a teaching assistantship (TA) that is supported by the department and college. Graduate students that are supported by either an RA or a TA receive a stipend, a tuition waiver and benefits.

LAR is currently recruiting high quality graduate students for ongoing research within the department. Please contact us if you are interested. Graduate students benefit from their educational experience at Washington State University in various ways:

  • Being part of a highly motivated team-environment within LAR,
  • Direct hands-on involvement with research activities and/or teaching responsibilities,
  • Opportunity to work in multidisciplinary research areas, including collaborations with other departments,
  • Opportunities to attend national and international technical and science conferences to present research results, meet colleagues, and learn about other related research,
  • Participation in local, national, and international workshops and symposiums to improve research skills and foster career development,
  • Opportunities for mentoring and teaching undergraduates,
  • Exposure to highly qualified speakers and researchers from outside of the campus community, including speakers from National Laboratories,
  • Competitive stipends offered and above-average benefits for WSU graduate students.